While a spirit of joy and enthusiasm is encouraged,
commencement is a dignified academic event that recognizes the achievements of
all our graduates, honorees and our guest speakers. Students and
guest are expected to maintain a measure of decorum consonant with the regal
nature of commencement. Graduates are expected to return to their seats after
receiving their diploma, and to remain seated for the rest of the commencement
exercise. Family and guests are asked to remain seated for the entire exercise,
refraining from leaving their seats in order to take pictures or to talk to
graduates. Students and guests who elect to
participate are expected to respect the rights of others, and to observe some
- Cell phones and
other electronic devices must be turned off for the duration of the
devices, banners and posters are prohibited, as are all objects that would
detract from the formality of the event. Participants and guest are asked
not to bring these items into the venue.
- Students and guests
should remain in their seats until the faculty has proceeded in and out of
- The aisles must
remain clear throughout the commencement exercise.
- Applause should be
held until all students have received their degrees. Names will be read
quickly, and it is important that every name is heard.
are requested to cooperate with any requests made by Commencement Marshals
and UMES Event Staff.
- No alcohol or illegal drugs
will be permitted in or around the venue. Graduates who appear to be
under the influence of either will be removed from the lineup and will not
participate in the ceremony. Improper conduct may result in disciplinary
- All degree recipients are requested to refrain from
inappropriately celebrating (i.e., gyrating and dancing on stage, stepping, calling
out names of others, loud, offensive noises and gestures) during the exercise.
- Candidates should NOT have
personal belongings in their possession during the commencement exercise,
these items should be given to family or friends. UMES will not be
responsible for these items.